Why context is vital for successful boundary computing

Why context is vital for successful boundary computing

The very nature of technological innovation is geared towards sorts of mottoes and jargon, which often hinder people’s understanding of technology itself. These mouthpieces range from metaphorical but ultimately understandable terminology such as ‘cloud’ to literal expressions such as ‘The Internet of Things.’ In the meantime, we get words such as “edge computing,” where technology itself and the term used to describe it share something crucial — they require context.

Why the context of successful edge computing is essential

We term it a “use case” in IT. Nevertheless, it is fundamentally a concrete expression of the context in which technology will be most effective, regardless of whether it is a production scenario, telematics platform or IoT integration. Even with IoT, context is key because it may be utilised in something as simple as an intelligent thermostat, something as complicated as an MRI or some use cases between them.

In edge computing, the actual challenge is not so much to construct a device, but to make sure that the device can reliably work and communicate data.

People focus too often on the platform side of the company since that’s where they will see ROI on data and analysis. However, if they don’t have the correct stuff at the edge of the network, there will not be much to do with all the fantastic back-end processing.

Edge computing is usually ignored

Edge computing tends to be disregarded as it is just taken for granted by most people. This takes place a lot during the manufacture process, especially as when you purchase a product like a laptop or a smartphone, the gadget will communicate with other devices via an interface driven by the user.

We think, “use your smartphone to transfer data to your laptop, and then you send the same data to your printer using your laptop.”

That’s not actually how things work in the context of IoT devices.

Without adequate edge management, maintenance costs might rocket quickly for a self-sustaining gadget. And we’re not only talking about rolling trucks to fix a router. In certain situations, these gadgets are literally built to be buried next to crops to assess soil humidity.

I0T is a small footprint gadget intended to exist and operate independently

We are constructing these new small-scale gadgets in the IoT field, which are supposed to exist and to operate themselves. The earliest contacts we have with most of our clients and business partners focus on the question, “How are we connected to this? How do we handle the protocol? How can this sensor be supported?”

Some of the major issues occur when we reach the electronics level and begin to figure out how we interface from electronics to the first software level.


In the IoT world, gadgets are constructed with some kind of communication standard in mind. However, it is another piece of the puzzle to realise that the actual data they send – and how they transfer it. The devices must also be maintained during the lifetime of the device.

Perhaps the temperature has increased or the temperature has dropped. Or the device is designed to pull some information back into the network to perform something regularly.

Most of the time, people are challenged to design these things, and they may the first to think about the problems. It’s not plug-and-play, like a laptop or printer, people forget.

Modern mobile gadgets consume data

Simply as simple as data – and knowing how modern mobile devices utilise data compared to their Wi-Fi and 3G equivalents – can wreck a whole IoT project before it even leaves the ground. The world is much more tough to deal with.

Is the gadget sized and calibrated correctly?

Another essential aspect of this world is to ensure that devices are correctly scaled and calibrated and that data are processed in a meaningful fashion. For example, if the connection goes incorrect, the data should be appropriately queued in order for the connection to still terminate where it was supposed to go when it is restored.

Many otherwise extremely successful corporations learned this kind of lesson with little regard to how their devices in the actual world would be complied with. For example, if they are finally constructed to use cellular data, they may test those devices in a lab. The cost of this vital communication function ends up being so expensive that the device is not an economically viable product.

What is the device’s first duty or function — will it work as planned?

It can certainly be even more harmful if developers concentrate too much on how the gadget works before they can find out whether the physical device itself will work first.

Whether it is a simple telematics device for a vehicle, a complex production module or a number of intermediate devices, it is very important to ensure the functioning of a given appliance and its components is often left to the least experienced.

Enjoy the intricacy

People in many cases go into it and don’t grasp the difficulty with which they deal until they have endured a number of defeats. This could be an environmental concern, a battery life problem, or something as basic as the placement of an antenna. Then, how will it be updated after it’s placed in the field?

Is the item or equipment ready for shipment? Testing, testing.

If such devices fail after they are already on the ground, the costs of replacement and re-shipment alone can torpedo the entire product line. This is why it is so vital to evaluate them in smaller groups in the field and prevent them from getting persuaded to scal them too fast by the garden route.

Fantastic intentions are great, but starting small and time travelling is the final situation in which an ounce of prevention really is worth more than one pound of treatment.
The “last mile” delivery to the customer. But think first mile.

Edge computing is sometimes talked about as a “last-meile” technology, as it is the last miles of a marathon.

The link to the device or edge is described in history by big telecom and IT corporations as the “Last Mile,” as when providing data services from the curb to the house.

But that’s a wrong point of view in IoT. Everything begins with the device – the data originator. The connection to the device and data delivery to the application infrastructure therefore crosses the “First Mile.”

In any event the finish line is already in sight once we have a solid understanding and context of how edge computing works in the actual world.

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About the Author: Deanna Ritchie

Deanna is the Managing Editor. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content management and content development.